Ebenezer Scrooge was not a bad man. He was human. He was stuck in his old habits built around fear. He was afraid of being poor, so he surrounded himself with the only thing that mattered most to him, and that was money, and making money grow. He was scarred by a lonely childhood and …

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Alfred Doeblin’s poignant novel must have impressed Fassbinder deeply. In an interview talking about his episodic masterpiece, Fassbinder announces, rather matter-of-factly,  that writing the script was not difficult because he pretty much knew the book “by heart”. And, indeed, we should take his words literally, considering the extent of the work and the cinematic achievement …

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